Thursday, July 25, 2019

Solemn function at Kargil War Memorial on July 26; LG to pay tribute to Kargil War martyrs

 Port Blair, July 24: A solemn function has been organized on 26th July 2019 at "Kargil War Memorial" maintained by Tagore Government College of Education, Port Blair to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas along with other parts of the country to develop a sense of patriotism and sacrifice among the trainees and students.
The occasion brings alive the theme of the 20th Anniversary of the Kargil Vijay Diwas- 'Remember, Rejoice and Renew'. We 'remember' our martyrs by revisiting their sacrifices, we 'rejoice' by celebrating the victory in Kargil and we 'renew' our resolve to safeguard the honour of the Tricolour.
On this occasion, a tribute to the Kargil War Martyrs will be paid by Admiral D.K. Joshi, PVSM, AVSM, YSM, NM, VSM (Retd.), Hon'ble Lt. Governor, A&N Islands and Vice Chairman, Islands Development Agency along with Member of Parliament and senior officers of the A & N Administration, PRI members, students and teachers at the Kargil War Martyrs Memorial in the premises of TGCE on 26th July 2019 at 0930 hrs.

Citizens' Corner 25/07/2019

* We didn't see much development in Port Blair as Smart City, but it's (PBMC's) EE, AE & JE are proved them self as Really Smart. Allegedly, involved in an 80 Lakh "Gapla" has come under limelight on Plastic Disposal Project.

* Plastic pet bottles of cold drink or water will put the environment at danger one day. Even at some receptions of 1000 people gathering are used to use packed pet water bottles these days, in an average 10 reception are happening in the city and the use of plastic bottles use is increase 100000 a day, apart from tourists in the Port Blair.

* Quality transparency, but compromised materials? Candidates these days, who have appeared for the written exams for various posts are alleges that, "Questions papers are unilingual i.e. English instead of bilingual i.e. Hindi & English which causes difficulty to other mediums. Moreover, answer sheet i.e. OMR sheets these days are provided as Xerox copy without QR or BAR Codes", which makes our eye brows high, beyond our idea!

Fireman K.P. Mammu of A&N Police Fire Service felicitated by DGP, A&N Islands

Port Blair, July 24: Shri. PC/1403 K.P. Mammu of A&N Police Fire Service has been felicitated by Shri. Dependra Pathak, IPS, Director General of Police, A&N Islands on 22nd July, 2019 at Police Head Quarters by presenting a Momentoand a Commendation Certificate with Rs. 5000/- cash reward for his outstanding performance in the recently held "Asian Masters Athletics Annual Championship-2019".  He clinched three (3) Gold Medals in men's 100 mtr, 200 mtr sprint and Long Jump along with setting "New Meet Record" in the said tournament held at Colombo (Srilanka) from 13th to 14th July, 2019.  He was congratulated for setting an example and inspiring young athleties to achieve.  He was also congratulated for his great feat by all the Senior Police Officers, a communication from Superintendent of Police (Fire) said here.

20th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration with living Heroes

Port Blair, July 24: On the occasion of 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration on July 26, 2019 with this year's theme "Remember, Rejoice and Renew", the Member of Parliament, A&N Islands, Shri Kuldeep Rai Sharma with a vision to evoke Nationalism and Patriotism amongst students and youths in these Islands, has proposed to observe "Kargil Vijay Diwas" in a befitting manner and in true spirit at Auditorium of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar Institute of Technology (DBRAIT) at 10 am on July 26, 2019.
Accordingly, patriotic speeches and war experiences will be shared by the living recipients of the Kargil and other Gallantry awards in various fields. 'In such occasions is the most appropriate to groom the young powerful mind of our islands in such a way that they remember supreme sacrifice of our martyrs in insurmountable odds for the mother nation', Member of Parliament visions.
The 20th Kargil Vijay Diwas celebration at DBRAIT will be blessed by many prominent faces & living legends of our country such as: 1) Col. Deepak Rampal, Veer Chakra: Col. Deepak Rampal, Veer Chakra is an infantry soldier with more than 35 years glorious service to the nation. During Kargil war of 1999 he led his team into attack of well entrenched Pakistan Army beyond 15000 feet in Himalayan region he suffered heavy casualties, yet for four days kept attacking and finally got victory over enemy soldiers. For his leadership, bravery determination and sacrifices he was awarded the gallantry award of "Veer Chakra" on 15th August 1999 by President of India.
2) Col. Om Prakash Mishra: He is a veteran Infantry Officer from 1987 batch from IMA, Dehradun. He has been inducted into Artillery Division of Indian Army. He is 2nd generation army officer, he has served in Sri Lanka in counter insurgency terrorist operations and was a peace keeper. He was an instrumental in direct gun Battle combat in J & K terrorist and served in extreme weather conditions including Kargil. He fought Kargil war by encircling Tiger Hill Post with 8 Sikh soldiers and occupied the enemy post, during the operation he has been positioned as authorised observation Post officer. For his bravery and courage he has been awarded with "MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES", he is a Kargil hero presently serving in Indian Army.
3) Brig. J M Devadoss, Seva Medal: He is a veteran infantry Officer from 1974 batch. He was the first Officer to be commissioned in the Sikh regiment from Tamil Nadu. He had privileged to commanding two Infantry Battalions both in active operations; one in Jammu & Kashmir and second in operation PARAKARAM. He has also had the unique distinction of commanding the only amphibian brigade in India. He was the Tsunami Hero and awarded by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, then President of India with the medal and declared as HERO FROM HELL in the annual issue of OUTLOOK MAGAZINE January, 2006.
4) Brig Govind Sisodia, VSM (Retd.): He was involved in the operations against terrorism in Sri Lanka, Jammu & Kashmir and Mumbai terrorist attack on 26.11.2008. During the operation he was wounded twice. He was instrumental in capturing terrorist Ajmal Kasab. He has been awarded Vashist Seva Medal by Government of India.
5) Cdr. Abhilash Tommy, Kriti Chakra: Cdr. Abhilash Tommy, Kriti Chakra, Nausena Medal is an Indian Naval Officer who has become the first Indian to complete a solo nonstop circumnavigation of the world under sail in to 2013. He has awarded with Kriti Chakra on 2013 (2nd Officer in the Navy to be awarded with Kriti Chakra). He is a qualified maritime reconnaissance pilot. He has represented India in several International Events in sailing and featured as the only Asian entrant in the in the solo nonstop Golden Globe race. He became the first Indian, 2nd Asian and 79th Person to accomplish this feat.
6) Lt. Col Shvam Sunder Sharma, Shourva Chakra: His first posting was at Bihar regiment, he is a widely published poet and writer. A decorated and war wounded veteran who has been awarded with Shourya Chakra. A thoughtful poet whose poem and write-up were published in number of anthologies and magazines in India and abroad. He was a guest poet at Fermoy International Poetry festival at Ireland in August 2013 and the event coordinator of the Delhi Poetry festival 2014. A communication from the Member of Parliament Office, A&N Islands said here today.

Investors’ Meet on ‘Holistic Development of Eco-Tourism Sites’ held

Port Blair, July 21: An ‘Investors’ Meet on Holistic Development of Eco-Tourism Sites in Andaman & Nicobar Islands’ was organized by the Directorate of Tourism, A&N Administration in association with ANIIDCO, in the conference hall of Megapode Resort here this evening. The Secretary (IP&T), Shri Deepak Virmani, Director (IP&T) Dr (Smti.) Angel Bhati Chauhan, Director, Shipping Services/Chief Port Administrator, Capt. Ashutosh Pandey, OSD to LG, Shri P. K. Singh, ACCI members & its President, Shri Girish Arora, AATO members & President, Shri M. Vinod, representatives from Youth Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Hoteliers Association of A&N Islands, Nicobar Chamber of Commerce & Industry, A&N Tourism Stakeholders Association, Andaman Nicobar Tour Operator Association, FORTO, Barefoot India and Shri Jitin Sahni from VP Project, Noida were among those present on the occasion.
Addressing the investors, the Secretary (IP&T), through a power point presentation elaborated on the proposal of the Tourism Department with the focus on promoting eco-tourism & quality based tourism infrastructures for the benefit of tourists in A&N Islands. He also threw light on the projects to be developed in participation with Private Sector under PPP mode and the status of the tourism projects to be developed in four selected Islands viz. Long Island, Smith Island (Ross & Smith), Aves Island and Shaheed Dweep under NITI Aayog in phase -I besides promotion of 12 eco-tourism sites under phase –II and development of amenities/infrastructure for 15 additional eco-tourism sites with India Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) as Consultant. The Secretary also solicited the participation of the private sectors in promoting eco-tourism projects in Isles.  
In her address, the Director (IP&T) highlighted about other projects by ANIIDCO and Tourism Department viz. development of Baratang way side amenities such as creation of parking area, restaurants, rest rooms, ATM etc., under PPP mode and development of Adventure Park at Swaraj Dweep by the Tourism Department for which 3 hect. of land is available for development of amusement /Adventure Park.
The Director, Shipping Services/Chief Port Administrator threw light on the current status of global marine traffic Islands & potential of South Bay in great Nicobar Island and development of Port Meadow and ship repair facility. The officer from Port Management Boar highlighted about transhipment port development in Isles. The GM ANIIDCO informed about the various projects to be implemented by ANIIDCO. The Deputy Director, Civil Aviation spoke about the progress in Civil Aviation Sector under RCS-UDAAN scheme, under which 18 seater twin engine aircraft will become operational by Oct. 1, 2019 besides introduction of seaplane services and wet lease of sea plane by A&N Administration and progress of new integrated terminal which is expected to be completed by June 2020. The Management Consultant (PBSC) highlighted about the projects to be taken up under Port Blair Smart City.
The ACCI President, Shri Girish Arora lauded the Administration for coming up with tourism projects for holistic development of the Islands, besides giving thrust on infrastructure development and connectivity.
This was followed by an interactive session in which the investors, members of ACCI, hoteliers, tours operators and associations provided their views & suggestions for the development Isles tourism. Earlier, the Manager (Tourism), Dte. of IP&T, Shri CG Vijay welcomed the gathering.

Seva Niketan Pays Tribute to Gunner M. Dilli Rao

Port Blair, July 17: Mr B.Ishwar Rao, Councillor, P.B.M.C and Mr Mangat Ram, Secretary Seva Niketan Garlanded the statue and paid tributes to Shaheed M.Dilli Rao Gunner of 51 Field Regiment ( Artillery ) who laid down his life, fighting insurgents in Assam on 13th July 2002. At a function held on Saturday 13th July 2019 at Dairy Farm Junction, which was attended by Mr A. Chakraborthy, Warden and Inmates of Seva Niketan, Parents of the braved son, relatives, youths and the general public paid floral tributes to M. Dilli Rao. Inmates of Seva Niketan presented a patriotic song on this occasion. Gunner M. Dilli Rao was a student of Govt. Sec. School, Dairy Farm. Mrm. Mangat Ram briefed about the life of shaheed M. Dilli Rao to the Inmates and present gathering.

Traffic Branch issued 3318 challans in 6 days’ drive

Port Blair, July 17: It is to inform that Traffic Branch alongwith local police has conducted special drive against Heavy Motor Vehicles from 09/07/2019 to 14/07/2019 at different locations to curb the violators of over-speeding/ rash and negligent/dangerous/drunken driving and other various traffic violations in the entire Andaman & Nicobar Islands
During the drive a total of 3318 challans were issued against the traffic violators and a fine of amount Rs. 6,21,400/- was recovered and 381 trucks were booked for various sections of Motor Vehicle Act, 1988 in the Port Blair area. Special emphasis was put on Heavy Motor Vehicles especially trucks and the truck drivers were challaned under various traffic violations like violation of route permit, without fitness, without insurance, dangerous driving, over speed etc.
Hence, once again the general public is hereby encouraged to follow the traffic rules and report the violations by vehicles to traffic police on Whatsapp number (9531892228) alongwith photographs, if possible.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Thoratang Nallah Bridge Re-collapse; show-cause notice issued to respondent *The construction of this bridge is beyond engineering skill or what?

Port Blair, July 13: As per reliable information from the office of Assistant Commissioner (MA) on 12 July, 2019, says that the Bailey bridge on Thoratang Nallah near Swadeshnagar has collapsed again on July 11, 2019 at around 22.00 hrs. The bridge had collapsed earlier on 12th June, 2019 consequent to which its repair was undertaken by NHIDCL through the contractor Ravi Realcon Pvt. Ltd. who had duly given safety certificate on July 11 after its completion following which the bridge was thrown open for public transport for load class up to 40 ton capacity with effect from July 11. As per sources, the Assistant Commissioner (MA) issued a show-cause notice in this regard asking the General Manager of National Highway and Infrastructure Development Corporation Ltd. (NHIDCL) to furnish reply within 5 days, failing which, necessary action as deemed fit will be initiated ex-parte.
Collapse of the bridge within 9 hours after it was restored prima-facia appears to be a case of faulty design/use of sub-standard material in its repair, which is a matter of investigation. In the notice it is directed to show-cause as to why an action should not be initiated against you for negligence while supervising the repair work of the bridge, thus jeopardizing the public safely and endangering their lives and properties,” said the Show-cause notice issued to the General Manager of NHIDCL on July 12, 2019.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

“Curbing double employment is the solution to unemployment problem”- Citizen

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, July 10: Despite of some possible opportunities available for youths, unemployment is still remaining a concern due to various reasons in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands.
In the Government Sector: except A&N Police, IRBn, and A&N Fire Service, most of the departments have open gates for entry of mainland candidates while filling up any vacancy in the A&N Administration through online or by offline, which finally leads to grab the opportunities of islanders in the absence of domicile (law) in the A&N Islands.
Secondly, the recent recruitment of about 1000 MTS posts filled by A&N Administration for various departments in the A&N Islands. One can scrutinize, several highly qualified (B.Tech., Post Graduate, B.Ed., and Engineering, etc.) candidates were also applied for the Metric pass jobs (Multi Task Staff), and got selected for respective jobs as per merit, and the actual Metric or Intermediate qualified candidates were failed to compete with highly qualified due to obvious reasons.
In the Private Sector: here are vast opportunities available in the Islands for youths, thanks to our Hon'ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, for launching various loan schemes since 2015 to help the youths who have dreams to become entrepreneurs. Some youths are engaged with business groups like Tourism, Travels, Small & Micro Industries, Showrooms, Merchant Shops and Sales and Supplies, etc. in the A&N Islands and earning for their livelihood.
Still the concern of unemployment is one rise in the islands among youths due to some surprising reasons. Speaking to this correspondent an Auto-rickshaw driver said, "Sir, I am an Auto-rickshaw driver and driving Auto-rickshaw only, and I don't have any other job, just by this I am earning for my family. But, here are many Auto-rickshaws running in the city are driving by government servants especially the PBMC department workmen. Despite of their government service, they are competing in our business, what to do?"
Another private worker from Hut Bay, Little Andaman revealed a shocking tale on condition of anonymity, that "a Junior Engineer of Electricity Department at Hut Bay apart from his salary, is in regular practice of drawing payment in the name of a DRM (his wife) who never present in office, but always present in the attendance sheet for past a year". 
As per reliable sources, it is come to the notice that many government servants are involved in various businesses in the name of another person (Benami) from driving Auto-rickshaws to supplying items to the Departments and from Tourism Business to plying vehicles on lease in various departments. Consequently, the opportunities which are open to unemployed youths are getting closed by the greedy minds of government servants at several occasions. Thus, "unemployed youths are demanding for a strict vigilance to find the unhealthy minds in the A&N Administration which are becoming an obstacle between unemployed youths and opportunities. Curbing double employment is the solution to unemployment in the islands", says a citizen.

Diversion of domestic LPG cylinders; Civil Supplies Deptt. conducts inspection; seizes 56 cylinders

Port Blair, July 10: The Department of Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs is receiving frequent complaints from various corners of this UT, regarding diversion of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose, which is a gross violation of Clause 13(1) of the Liquefied Petroleum Gas Regulation of Supply & Distribution Order, 2000 framed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955.
To eradicate this malpractice, the Enforcement Wing of the Department of CS&CA conducted a surprise inspection of the trading premises of Port Blair and Ferrargunj Tehsil, in which 19 cases were found and 56 cylinders were seized from the offenders. Relevant cases were booked under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and are under process.
Taking a serious note of such violation, the Department of CS&CA has advised all the individual/hoteliers/ firms running in this UT to refrain themselves from any kind of unfair trade practices as well as diverting of domestic LPG cylinders for commercial purpose, which may lead to any type of violation framed under the Essential Commodities Act, 1955 and Rules/regulations framed under the Legal Metrology Act, 2009, failing which,  strict legal action as deemed fit as per the law shall be initiated against the offenders.
Further, the Department has appealed to all the LPG consumers that in case of any complaints in this regard, the same may be brought to the notice in writing, of the Directorate of Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Port Blair. The LPG consumers can also lodge their complaint over telephone No.03192-230337 & toll free Phone No.18003453197.

Think about next generation, this way!; “Let us feel free to plant more trees and get oxygen free”

Port Blair: We are all aware about the increasing problem of deforestation in India - across rural and urban areas. According to the Forest Survey of India (FSI) survey - over the last 30 years, nearly two-third of the forests the size of Haryana have been lost to encroachments (15,000 sq km) and 23,716 industrial projects (14,000 sq km). The total forest and tree cover is spread across 802,088 square km, which is 24.39 percent of the geographical area of the country.
According to the Indian forest department, for every tree fallen, ten tree saplings should be planted to make up for its loss. But this practice is rarely followed. We all know that, Forests help us maintain ecological balance and reduce carbon footprints. However, hectares of forests are cut down or burnt every millisecond. Unimaginable, isn't it? Can we even exist in a world without trees and forests?
Background: Celebrating the importance of tree, Van Mahotsav was initiated in the year 1950 to celebrate the importance of growing and saving our forests and create awareness about the ill effects of deforestation.  It is an annual tree planting festival in the month of July. During this festival thousand of trees are planted all over India. It was started by K. M. Munshi, the Union Minister for Agriculture and Food at that time to create awareness and the importance of the conservation of forests and planting of new trees.
The name Van Mahotsava means 'the festival of trees'. It began after the July 1947 tree planting drive in Delhi heralded by national leaders like Dr Rajendra Prasad and Jawaharlal Nehru participated. The festival was simultaneously celebrated in a number of states in India. Since then, thousands of saplings of diverse species are planted with energetic participation of the locals and various agencies like the forest department.
Other benefits of tree planting: To increase production of fruits, which could be added to the potential food resources of the country. *Help create shelter-belts around agricultural fields to increase their productivity, *Provide fodder leaves for cattle to relieve intensity of grazing over reserved forests, *Boost soil conservation and prevent further deterioration of soil fertility.
No doubt, Governments, non-profit organizations are working hard to fight deforestation and  increase awareness. But to create a real impact, we all have to do our part.
Plant more Trees: Encourage your friends in your community to plant a tree and help keep your local forest safe (If you have one in your area). Every patch of green is worth saving.
Put pressure on companies that are destroying forests to manufacture their products by not buying from them. Support brands with zero deforestation policies and environment friendly products and encourage people to do the same. Be aware and ask how the products you buy are being made. Go green. Practice the 3 R's - Reduce, Reuse and Recycle to lower the need for more raw materials from Trees.
Fast Forest Facts: 13 million hectares of forest have been converted for other uses or destroyed by natural causes. Up to 28,000 species can go extinct in the next quarter century due to deforestation. By the year 2030, we might only have 10% of Rainforests left and it can all disappear in a hundred years, 10% of the world's forests are now protected areas. This is roughly the size of India. Cures for diseases have been found in plants and the raw materials come from our tropical rain forest.